Tag: Design Futures

19
Dec

Envisioning Futures Program

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Working in collaboration with a leading global financial services corporation based in San Francisco, Humantific has created a repeatable Future Envisioning CoCreation Workshop that is being rolled out to hundreds of employees in the next 12 months. As global markets remain turbulent adaptive organizations are investing in proactive envisioining that maximizes collective brainpower.

Making extensive use of visualized customer research and future horizon trends, Humantific designed the learning experience, the data/information fields, the envisioning exercises as well as the skill-building program within.

Physical experience future envisioning gives employees the opportunity to step away from their daily activities, deliberately focus on the future and make constructive use of their own marketplace observations while engaging with colleagues from many disciplines. Its also an opportunity to do common-language cocreation skill-building across the organization so it adds multiple levels of value simmaltaneoulsy.

We can’t tell you what exactly happens in confidential client sessions but we can say that each is focused on generating scores of constructive outcomes that are directly useful to the company in various ways.

Connecting the dots between new generation leadership, proactive envisioning and everyday innovation, many organizational leaders are looking for ways to make innovation real, inclusive and actionable by design rather than by accident.

To inquire about Humantific Academys innovation skill-building programs and or culture building services send an email to programs (@) humantific (dot) com.

Related:

Humantific at ICADE MBA Program

BRAINBOOM! in Madrid: It’s a WRAP!

 

 

 

 

11
Nov

The OTHER Design Thinking

Call For Participants:

Humantific CoFounder Elizabeth Pastor presented The OTHER Design Thinking for the first time last week at the Design Thinkers 2013 conference in Toronto.

In the presentation Humantific points out what realms of knowledge are now being blended in practice today as well as 10 differences between Mainstream Design Thinking and The OTHER Design Thinking.

It is becoming clear to many that the era of assuming that all wicked social problems can be solved by creating more products and services is over.

Part of the presentation is an invitational call for submissions in reference to inclusion in our next virtual book entitled The OTHER Design Thinking now in progress. We are looking for 3-4 other leading innovation practices already engaged in The OTHER Design Thinking and interested in appearing in this book along with Humantific.

If you are operating a practice where you begin all projects with the built-in assumption that products, services and or experiences will be outcomes [Design 1 & Design 2] so sorry but this is not a project for you. That circle of mainstream practices has already been widely covered, over and over again in the mainstream business media, in mainstream design media, mainstream design thinking movies, in mainstream books, etc.

This project seeks to give voice to a different circle of other emerging practices that make no such up-front assumptions. [See “10 Ways its Different” on pages 77 to 99].

If you are engaged in design thinking oriented innovation practice and have already been operating beyond the “Crossover Era” for at least 5 years feel free to contact us if you would like to be considered.

Email expressions of interest to: kickitup (at) humantific (dot) com

This project builds on previous work.

Related:

Innovation Methods Mapping / Preview

NextDesign Geographies
Making Sense of Design 1,2,3,4
Understanding The Future That Has Already Arrived

NextD Reality Check

When [Old Design Thinking] LOVE is Not Enough

28
Oct

BRAINBOOM! in Madrid: It’s a WRAP!

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BRAINBOOM! wrapped up on Friday in Madrid. Thanks to all who participated.

Our congratulations and best wishes go out to all of the masters students at the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) Madrid who kicked off their year with the 4-day BRAINBOOM! event, designed and delivered by Humantific. Nearly 200 participants from around the globe came together for 4 days of intensive cocreation, visual sensemaking, and envisioning skill-building. It was an incredible few days for all involved.

Our special thanks goes to the IED faculty and staff for a great collaboration! Thanks for having the courage to undertake such an adventuresome rethinking of graduate student orientation with us.

Interested in Future Workshops?

Skill-building workshops is only one of many work streams at Humantific. We are doing workshop based cross-disciplinary innovation skill-building on an ongoing basis with organizations in numerous countries. If you would like to consider bringing Humantific in to your organization to help with your innovation skill-building, innovation strategy creation, strategic thinking for leaders, feel free to let us know. Send email to: engage (at) humantific (dot) com

24
May

Design For Care Published

We are delighted to see the NextD Complexity Ladder utilized in the just published book Design For Care, authored by Peter Jones PhD.

Always interested in the application of NextDesign, Design at Scale, Systemic Design, ie: design thinking in the context of large scale systems, Peter uses the NextD Complexity Ladder to set the context for the scale of challenges found in healthcare today.

With the NextD Complexity Ladder as an assessment backdrop Peter points out the still growing recognition that different kinds of design thinking skill are required to address different scales of challenges. We call this skill-to-scale.

Inspired by the NextDesign Geographies vision?

If you have a project in which you would like to use the NextD Complexity Ladder materials and logic feel free to write to us at kickitup at nextd dot org.

Related

When [Old Design Thinking] Love is Not Enough

Understanding Design 1,2,3,4
The Rise of Visual SenseMaking

SenseMaking is Rising

NextDesign Geographies

Occupy Reimagining Design

Join the ongoing NextD conversations on LinkedIn NextD Leadership Network.

19
Sep

How Design is Changing? Huh?

We were baffled by the recent Fast Company “infographic” depiction of “how design is changing”. Huh? Where has Fast Company been for the past ten years?

Not only does this “infographic” make no sense at all, the content is completly out to lunch. That is the emerging future of design? How could such a widely read publication be so amaturishy misinformed? This is the future of design from what vantage point?…in what context?

The future of design and design thinking that is already here is about 10 zillion miles beyond that little Fast Company picture.

This might be a good moment for Fast Company to step back from the infographic craze and do some deeper research, some deeper thinking on what goes into such pictures. Making everything into eye candy is not going to get the job done unless the job is simply to make eye candy.

Related:

NextDesign Geographies / Understanding Design 1,2,3,4

NextD Reality Check

Occupy Reimagining Design

14
Mar

Inspired by NextD Geographies

We are delighted to see many graduate and post-graduate students referencing and making use of NextD Geographies, a framework created in 2005 by Elizabeth Pastor and GK VanPatter to make sense of the design thinking community from a complexity scale perspective.  For many, that sensemaking framework has become a useful tool in their efforts to better understand the present and future states of strategic design thinking.

Perhaps a little like song writers seeing their creations adapted and interpreted by others, we might not always agree with every rendition of NextD Geographies, but it is interesting to see the various interpretations and applications across disciplines, geographies, and generations..:-)

Among the currently adapting post-graduate students is Jordan J. Lloyd, working on his PhD at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture, and is focused on “design-led approaches to managing large scale transitions in complex adaptive systems.” Jordan seems to be “interested in ‘developing a design methodology that utilises common threads between complex adaptive systems, then applying them to complex entities such as cities.'”

Of course, for us, Adaptability, Resilience and Adaptive Capacity building are not new ideas, but rather long-standing themes found in Applied Creativity history as early as 1950. What is most interesting to us is to see these themes being adapted to and imported into the rethinking of design thinking, as it continues to scale. The challenges of Adaptability have stood the test of time and remain at the center of many team, organizational, and societal challenges still today. Adaptability continues to be adapted! Friends of Humantific will know that it is the next-generation mechanics of Adaptive Capacity that we teach in Humantific and NextD workshops.

Go here to view the original NextD Geographies models.

Background Note:

Humantific launched the NextDesign Leadership initiative in 2002 as a community sensemaking and changemaking experiment outside of our practice. At that time, we viewed the traditional model of design leadership as a burning platform. Much change was needed, but existing conditions were not fully understood. Making them understood was part of the early NextD mission. Numerous frameworks, including NextD Geographies, have been published on ISSUU, and remain available for viewing for free in the NextD Archive. Some of the NextD models have been widely republished around the world, including NextD Reality Check. We continue to utilize those frameworks as NextDesign Assessment Tools when viewing design programs, faculties, leadership teams, program strategies, consultancies, innovation capacities, geographic region focuses, media focuses, design thinking skill-building programs, etc. On design thinking related questions, NextD Geographies continues to be among the most useful tools in the NextD toolbox.

To join the current conversations, go to NextDesign Leadership Network on LinkedIn. It’s an OPEN discussion group! You can follow NextD on Twitter!

07
Feb

NextD Archive Launches

NextDesign Leadership Institute founded by GK VanPatter and Elizabeth Pastor has launched its Archive online. More than 30 NextD Journal conversations are being posted.

See the conversations that informed the creation of numerous NextD sensemaking frameworks 2002-20010 including NextDesign EcoSystem / Design 1,2,3,4.

Some of the gems:

Human-Centered Innovation: Understanding the IIT Institute of Design
GK VanPatter in conversation with Patrick Whitney

Design As Glue: Understanding Stanford d School
GK VanPatter in conversation with David Kelley

New Design Research: Leading or Following?
GK VanPatter in conversation with Ken Friedman PhD

GK Van Patter on Design Futures
NextDesign EcoSystem / Design 1, 2, 3, 4

You can follow NextD Journal on Twitter:
www.twitter.com/NextD

08
Jun

Humantific at IDSA in Miami

Humantific CoFounder GK VanPatter will give a keynote talk on SenseMaking for ChangeMaking at the 2009 IDSA International Conference upcoming in Miami on September 23-26.

About the conference:

“Our global economy is going through dramatic change. Design can be proactive and guide change. We can be a significant influence in creating new value. It has been said that the future is not something that happens…it is something that you make happen. Business is not asking for our help to drive new value, they are demanding it. In the 30s, design helped the economy out of the depression. We are finding ourselves at a moment of opportunity once again. Designers have the tools to create new value for reviving economies.

Project Infusion is a new format for IDSA’s International Conference, which will be held at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel September 23-26. Both domestic and international attendees across diverse disciplines beyond the confines of the IDSA membership are invited to exchange ideas, opinions and insights. This is a project that we will contribute to mutually. We will enjoy its fruits together.

Fresh infusion of inspiration, knowledge and wisdom will fuel our creativity. This will be the process of steeping and soaking substance in order to extract new viewpoints. It will be an exchange of ideas that you will want to bring your boss to, or send your employees to. You will learn how to increase your bottom line and that of your business.

See more on the conference site.

08
Jun

Humantific at CEB in Helsinki

Humantific CoFounder GK VanPatter will give a keynote talk on SenseMaking for ChangeMaking at the Creative Economy and Beyond Conference upcoming in Helsinki on September 9-10 as part of Helsinki Design Week.

About the conference:

Creative Economy and Beyond is an international conference examining the role of creativity in the economy and society. The world is changing at an ever-fastening pace. A shift from an industrial to a knowledge and experience society creates constant demands for renewal to all sectors of society.

Around the world, creativity and innovation are called upon as saviours of the future. Facing economic crisis strengthens the need to create and innovate faster and more effectively than ever before.
The quest for a better future is not about simple answers or single truths. It is about multiple truths and accepting the never ending quest for better questions.”

The themes are:

•    Creativity in Business and Leadership
•    Creative Regimes: Immaterial Business, Future Law, and the User of Tomorrow
•    Designing our Future: Education, Research and Innovation Policy

See more on the conference site:

See more on the Helsinki Design Week Events here.

09
Mar

Design 4.0 Rocks the House

Continuing NextD’s provocative ReRethinking Design message CoFounder, GK VanPatter rocked the house at the EXPOSED 09 Conference in Phoenix last week presenting Design 4.0 / Social Transformation Design for the first time. Utilizing the 2009 NextD Complexity Scale of Design 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 as a visual backdrop he spoke unscripted for one hour to an enthusiastic audience of masters students, PhD students and faculty members at the Arizona State University School of Design. Tapping into the deep visual synthesis capabilities of NextDesign Leadership Institute, GK explained the complex waves of change underway outside of design and how they relate to design practice and design education. Founded in New York in 2002, NextD is internationally recognized as a leader in the creation of lenses to understand the changing nature of design in the 21st century. VanPatter encouraged educators and students to value their strengths, to recognize the degree of change underway and to rise to the new challenges facing design leadership in the 21st century. Watch for additional news on NextD Futures and Design 3.0-4.0 coming soon.

See excerpts from the presentation here on the NextD Facebook page:NextD_ReReThinking Design

Design 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0
The Rise of Visual SenseMaking

In a Special Issue of NextD Journal, Peter Jones PhD recently interviewed GK VanPatter about NextD’s journey through the rethinking design landscape, the opportunities facing the design community and the rise of visual sensemaking in an increasingly complex world.

See the entire interview here: NextD Design 4.0